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Campbellsville University Theater to perform Disney’s The Lion King Jr.

June 3, 2016
For Immediate Release

students during practice
Playing the parts of the villainous hyenas in Campbellsville University’s Lion King Jr. are Campbellsville natives Isaac Rogers as Banzai, Anna Smith as Ed, and Claire Goff as Shenzi, who sing “Be Prepared” and other Lion King hit songs. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)


By Josh Christian, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY. – The Campbellsville University Theater is partnering with Town Hall Productions, Campbellsville Elementary School, and Taylor County Middle School for three performances of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. These productions will be held at the Russ Mobley Theater in the Alumni Building at 114 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky.

Performances will occur on Friday, June 10, Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12. On both Friday and Saturday, these performances will begin at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, the performance will begin at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets will be sold at the door. Regular admission price is $7, while Seniors (65 and up), Children (12 and under) and Campbellsville University employees and students are $5.

The cast for the show is as follows: Gracyne Hash of Campbellsville, Ky., as Rafiki; Gavin Johnson of Campbellsville, Ky., as Mufasa; Lindi Compton of Greensburg, Ky., as Sarabi; Riley Phillips of Campbellsville, Ky., as Sarafina; Luke Hesson of Campbellsville, Ky., as Zazu; Savannah Mejean of Campbellsville, Ky., as Scar; Andrew Pike of Campbellsville, Ky., as young Zimba; Morgan Schooling of Lebanon, Ky., as young Nala;

students practicing
Nathan Allen, left, Campbellsville University theater assistant director, instructs students from around the Campbellsville/Taylor County area the steps they need to hits during a song. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)

Jacob Hayes of Campbellsville, Ky., as Simba; Kaylea Neely of Elk Horn, Ky., as Nala; Creed Dudgeon of Campbellsville, Ky., as Timon; Hannah Hansford of Campbellsville, Ky., as Pumbaa; Isaac Rogers of Campbellsville, Ky., as Banzai; Claire Goff of Campbellsville, Ky., as Shenzi; Anna Smith of Campbellsville, Ky., as Ed;

As Dancers: Alex Curry of Greensburg, Ky.; Eli Wilson of Campbellsville, Ky.; Briana Mardis of Campbellsville, Ky.; Riley Phillips of Campbellsville, Ky.; Ashtyn Harmon of Campbellsville, Ky.; and Katie Hollenbach of Campbellsville, Ky.;

As Junior Ensemble: Maryn Ward of Campbellsville, Ky.; Leah Smith of Campbellsville, Ky.; Caleb Blanton of Campbellsville, Ky.; Aiden Willis of Campbellsville, Ky.; Zeke Harris of Campbellsville, Ky.; Samantha Hesson of Campbellsville, Ky.; Lily Smith of Campbellsville, Ky.; Morgan Spears of Campbellsville, Ky.; Griffin Hansford of Campbellsville, Ky.; Hope Hansford of Campbellsville, Ky.; Jackson Hays of Campbellsville, Ky.; Kati Wilson of Campbellsville, Ky.; Kate Billeter of Campbellsville, Ky.; Juliana Dixon of Campbellsville, Ky.; Rachel Henderson of Greensburg, Ky.: and Alissa Hughes of Hodgenville, Ky.;

As Senior Ensemble: Raechel Smith of Campbellsville, Ky.; Sophie McAnelly of Campbellsville, Ky.; Haley Sparkman of Campbellsville, Ky.; Emily Mejean of Campbellsville, Ky.; Meghan Squires of Greensburg, Ky.; Katie England of Campbellsville, Ky.; and Lily Dudgeon of Campbellsville, Ky.

Sarah Durham teaching students
Sarah Durham, left, Campbellsville University theater student, teaches elementary school students the dance steps for “Be Prepared.” (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)

To get more information or to order tickets, please contact the Campbellsville University Theater at or (270) 789-5266.

Corporate Sponsors for the program include: Citizens Bank and Trust Company of Campbellsville, Ky.; Tuckers Diamond and Gold; Brothers; Ken Keltner: State Farm Insurance; Don Franklin Campbellsville; and Nunery & Call: Attorneys at Law.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering over 80 programs of study including 24 master’s degrees, seven postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is